Edmund Blair Leighton (1853–1922) Description : Faded Laurels
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Cairbre is the bard of the Tuatha Dé Danann, who invented the first satirical verses and used them to curse the king of the Fomoré. This required of him to not only being gifted for poetry and derision, but to also discover the hidden weaknesses and faults of his victim. Thus Cairbre became not only a master of wit, but also of knowledge.
Cairbre became much respected for his ability to ruin the reputation of an offender with his magical rhymes, up to the point of having kings loose their sovereignty. As such, he (and thus all bards) can expect to be treated fairly well for his services. Cairbre appears as a clever grinning poet, dressed in colorful clothes and wearing a harp.
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Harp. Filidh of Cairbre carry a harp with them at all times.
control: Music, poetry, and also knowledge of people, their secrets and
worshippers: Bards, musicians, entertainers.
of priesthood: Filidh of Cairbre (who are called "Cainte", specialist
fili who sings his satires) are often mistaken for bards, as they are close
to them indeed. However, in their function of fili they are in fact more of
judges than troubadours. Yet, when they condemn a noble, they do it in rhymes
and verses, and their magical blames are thus called satires. In fact, filidh
of Cairbre often travel the land appearing as bards, but then judging those
who do not uphold the traditions of honor of Celtic society.
Special Benefit: Filidh of Cairbre have access to a special feat of their own: Satirist, that gives them a +2 bonus to all Perform and Knowledge (local) checks.
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